Luke Hurley: High Risk
By Liz Barry
When I put this latest self-released CD on at work the other day it suddenly seemed like the phones went quiet, the email chatter stopped, not a sound anywhere – just Luke singing his songs of tolerance, love and understanding. Not unusual themes in songwriting I know – but he delivers them in a way that captivates the listener with gentle melodies, exquisite guitar technique and simple yet sometimes complex rhythms. The ‘High Risk’ project started with a suggestion from Greg Finucane that Luke ought to record his new material. The original idea was for guitar and vocal tracks but turned into something more involved, with the inclusion some very fine session musicians: Russell Walker (oboe) Bob Shepherd (bass) Gordon Joel and Steve Garden (drums), Ian McAllen (mandolin) and Marion Arts on b/vs. As Luke explains on his website, this album took three years to make, working in most of Auckland’s best studios… and eventually mastered by Chris Chetland at Kog Transmissions. ‘High Risk’ tells us to listen, love, open up and take risks in order to communicate more. A good message Luke and a beautiful album.